Bandai Namco Put More JRPG Elements In Taiko: Drum Master

By Spencer . April 9, 2014 . 3:00pm


The Taiko: Drum Master series, at least the portable versions, have become mini-RPGs. Bandai Namco had Don-chan explore a fantasy world with a dragon buddy in the last game.


Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-Time Adventure expands upon this with 3D maps. Famitsu reports that Don-chan will time warp to the past and future on a quest to protect history. We’ve seen drum battles in Taiko: Drum Master before, but it looks like you’ll have a party with you in Don and Katsu’s Great Space-Time Adventure.


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As usual, you can dress Don-chan up, but in Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-Time Adventure this does more than alter his appearance. Costumes change Don-chan’s status and have different special effects. Players can also use life recovery and other items in the game. That’s another step towards being a regular RPG with a music battle system.


Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-Time Adventure comes out on June 26 for Nintendo 3DS.

  • SpaceOfSoul

    So much rage… Looks like I won’t be able to import this, and I’m not looking to purchase another 3DS just for Japanese imports… But this and the hatsune miku DS games are tempting…
    We had one chance to make taiko no tatsujin work years ago, and it failed :(…

    • Spirit Macardi

      More like Namco decided on one chance, and they screwed it up. Replacing the original songs with crappy US pop music… No wonder no one got it.

      • SpaceOfSoul

        The rhythm game community has increased substantially. Just hope that namco bandai realizes that there is a market here in the west for Taiko no Tatsujin. Just don’t give us shit US songs, we like the game because of the song selections given in Japanese releases… As well as the cute taiko drum theme and difficulty range that makes it suitable for all players, casual and hardcore
        I know it’s difficult due to licensing of songs, but it can be done…. :/

        • Guest

          That’s the main reason why they don’t, I believe. Hell, many older games that had anime openings (such as Tales of Symphonia / Abyss) were removed for an instrumental or another song because we couldn’t get the license to have the song from the owner.

          On the back of the box for the one we got, it specifically says “Licensed Song List.” Japan couldn’t even get these, and you’d be surprised how much American music they love.

  • 하세요

    Looks so great. I’m generally satisfied with just having free mode but the more options the merrier. I still cringe at the final battle in Chibi Dragon. So many retries ._.’

  • MasterofMidnight

    Oh Japan…

  • DS23

    tfw no Taiko localizations since PS2…

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